RON HART: Classic Clintonian punditry

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 03:27 PM.

ROSEMARY BEACH — The foregone conclusion from America 's clamoring political class is that Hillary Clinton will be crowned the Democrat nominee for president in 2016. Yet there is speculation among Washington ’s speculating class that health concerns might keep her from running.

Allow me to speculate on that speculation. It is so much easier than getting any facts out of the spin doctors in D.C.

The Washington Post, head cheerleader for Hillary, even wrote a piece, “How Sick is Hillary Clinton?” We all noticed that she seemed unable to wear her contact lenses, resorting to thick glasses. Some observers think she has been physically going downhill since the fall. When coupled with her age (69 in 2016), her thrombosis and neurological symptoms could be campaign issues.

This sends a panic wave among the power-dependent Democrat establishment. They have no bench to fall back on if Hillary does not run. For a party that substitutes faux compassion for common sense, Democrats must have a charismatic salesman like Obama or Clinton peddling it.

As has been her M.O., Hillary conveniently stalled testifying on her Benghazi involvement. She said she “fell and hit her head.” Her State Department staff played that up when her PR people released a picture of her being given a football helmet upon her return to work.

It worked. Hillary successfully avoided the blame for Benghazi that was rightfully hers. Her Ferris Bueller-like excuses forced then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice to appear on five Sunday talk shows to spin the Obama administration lie that the attack was caused by a YouTube video.  It was classic Clintonian obfuscation.

In general, Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State has been carefully promoted as successful, though she had issues with Benghazi , al-Qaida reconstituting itself, and the WikiLeaks/Edward Snowden security breaches. Hillary has historically been more concerned about DNA leaks than intelligence ones.

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